War on the Plains

Timeline created by lhouck
  • Great Plains Reservation

    Federal government passed an act that designated the entire Great Plains as one resevation for the Native American tribes.
  • Specific Boudaries

    Government changed policy and created treaties that defined specific boundaries for each tribe.
  • Massacre at Sand Creek

    Chivington attacked the Cheyenne and Arapaho at Sand Creek. Killed over 150 inhabitants, mostly women and children.
  • Battle of the Hundred Slain

    Crazy Horse ambusshed Captain William J. Fetterman. Over 80 soldiers were killed.
  • Treaty of Fort Laramie

    Sioux agreed to live on a reservation along the Missouri River, it was forced upon the leaders.
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    Gold Rush

    Colonel George A. Custer reported that the Black Hills had gold.
  • Custer's Last Stand

    Led by Crazy Horse, Gall, and Siting Bull, the wariors outflanked and crushed Custer's troops. Within an hour, Custer and all of the men of the Seventh Cavalry were dead.
  • Dawes Act

    Broke up rezervation land to individual Native Americans- 160 acres to each head of household and 80 acres to each unmarried adult.
  • Wounded Knee

    Seventh Cavalry rounded up about 350 starving and freesing Sioux and took them to Wounded Knee Creek. The next day the soldiers opened fire on the Natives. Within minutes the Seventh Cavalry slaughtered as many as 300 unarmed Natives, including several children. This brought the Indian wars to a bitter end.